As part of a so­cial me­dia pro­mo­tion, Alana Debe­lak, sec­ond from left, of Plum holds her 18-month-old nephew, Max Ehen, while Chris­tina Carr, right, of Mur­rys­ville holds 19-month-old De­clan Rusie­w­icz dur­ing the Pirates rally in Mar­ket Square, Down­town. Ms. Carr is De­clan’s nanny.

The National League wild card game is back in Pittsburgh

Fans are pumped up to recreate intensity of last year’s blackout game. The Pirates play the Giants tonight at 8:07 p.m. at PNC Park.

about 3 hours ago

 Pirates starter Edinson Volquez has been their steadiest presence in the rotation this season.

Edinson Volquez's improbable journey to lead Pirates into postseason

It's worth revisiting how Edinson Volquez went from a potential $5 million mistake to the Pirates starter for tonight's playoff opener.

about 3 hours ago

 The Buccaneers' Louis Murphy carries as he's defended by Steelers' Mike Mitchell and Cortez Allen in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon.

Steelers, especially defense, have second-half blues

The only thing consistent about the Steelers through four games is their inconsistency, which coach Mike Tomlin is still trying to fix.

about 3 hours ago

 Evgeni Malkin hangs his head in the final seconds as the Rangers beat the Pens in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden New York during the playoffs in May.

It’s one big preseason mystery after another for Penguins

The status of injured forward Evgeni Malkin, as well as the likely makeup of the Penguins’ opening-night roster, remains unclear.

about 3 hours ago

 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin speaks to the media during his weekly press conference at the team's South Side training facility.

Steelers notebook: Mike Tomlin finds no fault in late-game play call

Coach Mike Tomlin says he liked the play that was called late in the game, but unfortunately his team did a poor job of executing it.

about 3 hours ago

 Catcher Russell Martin, who will play tonight in the wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants, works out with the Pirates Tuesday evening at PNC Park.

Martin's health takes spotlight heading into wild-card game

Catcher Russell Martin, one of many Pirates peaking at the right time, said he expects to be in the lineup tonight against the Giants.

about 3 hours ago

Penguins notebook: Some regulars still missing from action

The Penguins — some not included — worked out at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Tuesday in preparation for their final exhibition game tonight.

about 3 hours ago

 San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who finished the season with a 2.98 ERA, will face the Pirates today in a wild-card game at PNC Park.

Pirates notebook: Giants' Bumgarner is a consistent ace

Despite the Pirates scoring five runs July 28 against Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco, Clint Hurdle is expecting the ace's best.

about 3 hours ago

 Hunter Pence prepares to take his turn in the batting cage Tuesday at PNC Park.

Personality makes Giants outfielder Pence one of a kind

You might've heard that Giants outfielder Hunter Pence can't parallel park, but you might not know he is one of baseball's brightest stars.

about 3 hours ago

 T.C. Congdon, center, chants "Let's go Bucs" with the crowd at a Market Square rally to support the Pirates in their Wild Card playoff game, September 30, 2014.

Stats Geek: Welcome to wild-card night, Pirates

Under the old playoff format, the one wild-card team was reaching — and winning — the World Series frequently; new rules have changed that.

about 3 hours ago

Sidney Crosby’s mother takes on new role in hockey

Penguins star Sidney Crosby’s mom wants to expand hockey opportunities for women, including her daughter.

about 3 hours ago

 Starling Marte and the rest of the Pirates lineup will need to provide timely hitting to avoid an early postseason exit.

Gene Collier: Pirates must feast in the clutch

The urgency and simplicity of win-or-go-home is a tasty mix, but things will go sour if the Pirates continue to struggle with men on base.

about 3 hours ago

 Pitt’s Shakir Soto tries to take down Akron’s Tommy Woodson in the first quarter Saturday at Heinz Field.

Pitt feels sting from 21-10 loss to Akron

After Akron raced past Pitt's defense in the second half of a tough loss Saturday, the Panthers focus on rebounding at ACC foe Virginia.

about 3 hours ago

 West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White has 42 receptions for 633 yards and four touchdowns this season.

West Virginia's Alford, White look to burn slumping Kansas defense

Although Mountaineers coaches might indicate otherwise, Rushel Shell knows Kansas will have fits with wideouts Kevin White and Mario Alford.

about 3 hours ago

High school highlights: Central Catholic clinches section title

Ryan Sproule scored three times to help Class AAA No. 1 Central Catholic clinch Section 4 with a win against Bethel Park.

about 3 hours ago

 Ambridge's Stephon McGinnis drives to the hoop as Central Valley's B.J. Powell gets called for a blocking foul during a Section 2-AAA game last December.

Ambridge loses standout athlete to Aliquippa

In a surprising move, Stephon McGinnis, the Bridgers’ leading receiver and top scorer in basketball, transfers to Aliquippa.

about 3 hours ago

Giants notebook: Ishikawa gets start in playoff after all

From Pirates platoon starter at first base to emergency role as the Giants' starter in left, it has been a strange year for Travis Ishikawa.

about 3 hours ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle speaks about tonight's wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants in a news conference at PNC Park.

Scouting the game: Pirates vs. Giants

Bill Brink compares the Pirates and Giants in seven key areas going into the wild-card game tonight at PNC Park.

about 3 hours ago

Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren't going down without a fight.

about 2 hours ago

 Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez tries to throw out the Cubs' Matt Szczur in the second inning of a September game at PNC Park. Volquez will start for the Pirates on Wednesday against the Giants.

Pirates pitcher Volquez 'excited' about starting wild-card game

“I think I deserve it,” the pitcher said about taking the mound in Wednesday’s playoff game against the Giants.

about 12 hours ago

 Pitt's Manesseh Garner celebrates his touchdown catch against Akron in the second quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Pitt football notebook: Wide receiver reverses direction quickly

Manasseh Garner apologizes for his postgame comments about the fans after the loss Saturday against Akron.

1 day ago

 The crowd on Tuesday at Market Square in Pittsburgh ahead of the Pirates' 2014 NL wild-card game against the Giants.

Fans take to Market Square for Pirates postseason rally

Pirates announcer Greg Brown opened the ceremony by proclaiming Wednesday’s wild-card game a "black out."

about 4 hours ago

 Antonio Brown pulls in a pass to set up a touchdown against the Buccaneers in the first quarter at Heinz field Sunday afternoon.

Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat transcript: 9.30.14

Ray takes your questions on the Steelers, who look to rebound this weekend against winless Jacksonville.

about 13 hours ago

 Pirates fans hold up fat heads of Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 26, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates defeated the Reds 3-1.

Bill Brink's Pirates chat transcript: Wild Card Edition

Once again, the Pirates host a one-game Wild Card playoff at PNC Park -- here’s what Bill has to say about the matchup with the Giants.

about 14 hours ago

 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as they take on the Buccaneers late in the fourth quarter at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.

Tomlin said he called play on Steelers' last series against Tampa Bay

Mike Tomlin said that he called the play that led to a poor punt and then a late defensive breakdown that resulted in a Tampa Bay win.

about 14 hours ago

 San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 17 in Phoenix.

Bumgarner looms as Giant obstacle in Pirates' wild-card game

While they welcome the home wild-card game, the Pirates know that duplicating the atmosphere and the win of last year will not be easy.

1 day ago

 Troy Polamalu shows his disgust after Tampa Bay scores to beat the Steelers in the final seconds of the game against at Heinz Field.

Steelers admit the loss at home Sunday vs. Tampa Bay unacceptable

Another winless team in Jacksonville awaits them, and the Jaguars have a talented rookie quarterback who has to be eager to face their

1 day ago

 Craig Adams’ shot is deflected by Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper in the first period Monday in St. Paul, Minn. The Penguins lost, 4-1.  Adams and Brandon Sutter are a pair of penalty-killing forwards that has worked well in the past and could stay together in 2014-15.

Penguins assistant Agnew knows penalty killing is a mind game

Penguins assistant coach Gary Agnew knows that penalty-killing starts between the ears.

1 day ago

 Starling Marte scores in the ninth inning May 6 in the first MLB game won on an instant replay review.

Familiar formula rules Pirates-Giants series recently

Starting pitching has been the key to Pirates success against the Giants this season.

1 day ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hangs his head after the Tampa Bay Bucs score in the final seconds at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: It was a dark weekend in Pittsburgh sports

But look for the Pirates to win the wild-card game and the Steelers to bounce back from a tough loss. As for Pitt … it might get darker.

1 day ago

 Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen points to his wife while answering a question during an NCAA college football news conference in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Bowen replaces Charlie Weis, who was fired after Saturday's 23-0 loss to Texas.

Kansas, new coach face West Virginia on Saturday

New Kansas football coach gets his ‘dream’ job about two decades after predicting he would on his first date with his future wife.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neil Huntington.

Bob Smizik: How a winner was built

Even since Neal Huntington came on board as general manager of the Pirates, the message delivered was loud, clear and simple.

about 22 hours ago

 Lauren Waller, a senior at Canon-McMillan won the WPIAL title yesterday.

WPIAL girls golf: Senior, sophomore bag titles

Lauren Waller fires a personal-best 4-under 68 for crown; Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Olivia Zambruno takes AA championship.

1 day ago

 Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville celebrates his third-period goal Monday against the Penguins at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Penguins lost, 4-1

Notebook: Penguins fall to Wild, 4-1; Dupuis returns

Penguins lose next-to-last exhibition game; Pascal Dupuis returns after lengthy absence due to major knee injury.

1 day ago

Wild drops Penguins with late surge

Minnesota scores three times in the third period to hand the Penguins a 4-1 exhibition loss.

1 day ago

 Edinson Volquez works in the first inning of Thursday's game against the Braves in Atlanta.

Pirates' Volquez named starter for wild card game against Giants

Edinson Volquez had a 3.05 ERA in 106 innings at home this season and held opposing hitters to a .225 average at PNC Park.

1 day ago

 Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson pulls in the game-winning touchdown against Steelers cornerback William Gay on Sunday at Heinz Field.

Is loss to Tampa a reality check for Steelers?

The question for the Steelers now becomes, if you can’t beat Tampa Bay at home, can you go to Jacksonville and Cleveland and win?

2 days ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hangs his head after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers score in the final seconds at Heinz Field on Sunday.

Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 9.29.14

Ed fields the myriad questions following the Steelers upset loss Sunday at Heinz Field.

1 day ago

 Crosby practiced Monday but will not play in the Penguins' game at Minnesota.

Crosby out for Penguins' preseason game tonight

Sidney Crosby will miss the Penguins’ exhibition game at Minnesota tonight because of his grandmother’s funeral in Nova Scotia.

1 day ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hangs his head after the Tampa Bay Buccaneerss scored in the final seconds of Sunday's game at Heinz Field.

Report Card: Steelers vs. Buccaneers, 27-24

Gerry Dulac grades the Steelers’ effort Sunday in a 27-24 loss to Tampa Bay.

2 days ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had only one thing in mind Sunday in Cincinnati ... win the game.

Pirates notebook: Hurdle defends plan to use Cole

Pirates notebook: The ultimate plan was, “Let’s win the game.”

2 days ago

 Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is pulled down by  Tampa Bay's Alterraun Verner Sunday at Heinz Field.

Noteworthy Steelers efforts spoiled by late miscues

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown had miscues at the wrong times in a loss Sunday to Tampa Bay.

2 days ago

 Josh Harrison flies out in the fifth inning Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Harrison finished second in the National League in batting with a .315 average.

Harrison, McCutchen finish 2-3 in batting race

Colorado’s Justin Morneau won the title with a .319 average. Josh Harrison was second at .315 and Andrew McCutchen third at .314.

2 days ago

 Jeff Zatkoff and Thomas Greiss are battling each other to win the Penguins backup goalie position. Zatkoff and Greiss will split time in net tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

Battle for Penguins backup goalie job nearing an end

As the preseason winds down, the backup goalie competition heightens between Jeff Zatkoff and Thomas Greiss.

2 days ago

 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Tampa Bay's Mason Foster Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers lost in the game's final seconds, 27-24.

Ron Cook: There is no defense for embarrassing play, loss

After a game rife with foolish penalties, missed assignments and lackluster performance, only one thing can be said: Shame on the Steelers.

2 days ago

 Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto gets a hit against Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Sunday in Cincinnati. Cueto earned his 20th win of the season as the Reds won, 4-1. Chris Stewart catches at right.

Gene Collier: Cueto drives Pirates batty

Pittsburgh nemesis Johnny Cueto did it all Sunday against the Pirates, including sealing their fate as a wild-card team.

2 days ago

 The Buccaneers’ Louis Murphy carries as he’s chased by Steelers’ Mike Mitchell and Cortez Allen in the fourth quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Gerry Dulac's two-minute drill: Steelers vs. Buccaneers

A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game.

2 days ago

 Pitt's James Connor carries as he's defended by Akron's C.J. Mizell in the first quarter at Heinz Field Saturday.

Panthers ran out of options vs. Akron

Perhaps the most unexpected part of Pitt’s 21-10 loss Saturday to Akron was how the Zips were able to shut down the rushing attack.

2 days ago

 Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is stopped by Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo after getting a first down on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter Saturday in State College, Pa.

Penn State's offensive struggles begin at the line

After its first loss of the season, Penn State showed signs of weakness on offense — most notably with the fledging line.

2 days ago

 West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett carries the ball in the first half Sept. 6 against Towson in Morgantown, W.Va.

Trickett thriving in West Virginia's fast-pace offense

In just a little more than one year on the job, Clint Trickett is leading West Virginia’s offense with surgical precision.

2 days ago


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